For courses in Introduction to Criminal Justice and Issues in Criminal Justice.
Unlike most other books in introduction to criminal justice, this book addresses both the ideals and the realities of American criminal justice agencies. Rather than just covering the traditional topics from the perspective of how things are supposed to be, this text compares these ideals with the realities of what is happening in the system today. With an emphasis on critical examination, it explores the criminal law, crime images and realities, the role that ideology and politics play in criminal justice practice, the components of criminal justice, and problematic policies and possible resolutions.
Table of Contents
SECTION I: THE “CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM”: IDEALS AND REALITIES
Chapter 1 — What is the Criminal Justice System? Ideals
Chapter 2 — The Role of Politics and Ideology in Criminal Justice: Realities
Chapter 3 — The Law: Providing Equal Protection or Creating Bias?
SECTION II: CRIME: IMAGES AND REALITIES
Chapter 4 — Crime: Which is Worse, Crime on the Streets or Crime in the Suites?
Chapter 5 — “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” Media Portrayals of Crime and Criminal Justice
SECTION III: COMPONENTS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: POLICE, COURTS, AND CORRECTIONS
Chapter 6 — Law Enforcement: To Serve and Protect?
Chapter 7— Right to Trial? Injustice in Pretrial and Trial Procedures
Chapter 8 — Punishment: Does it Work and is it Fair?
Chapter 9— Incarceration: Lock ‘Em Up and Forget About ‘Em
SECTION IV: BAD CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY AND HOW TO FIX THIS MESS
Chapter 10 — The Ultimate Sanction: Death as Justice?
Chapter 11 — The “War on Drugs”: Focusing on the Wrong Drugs?
Chapter 12 — The War on Crime as a Threat to Equality: Innocent Bias Against the Poor, People of Color, and Women
Chapter 13 — Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for the Future
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$36.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-501850-7